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15 hours childcare funding for all 3 and 4-year-olds

All children are entitled to the universal 15 hours free childcare from the term following their third birthday.

Child born between Entitlement begins
1 January to 31 March Summer term (from 1 April)
1 April to 31 August Autumn term (from 1 September)
1 September to 31 December Spring term (from 1 January)

All maintained nursery schools, most day nurseries and pre-schools and some childminders offer funded childcare places.

Your entitlement:

  • 570 hours per year
  • maximum of 15 hours per week over 38 weeks per year (term time)
  • some providers can offer fewer hours per week but for more weeks of the year

How to apply

To apply for a place please contact your chosen childcare provider. The funding will be paid directly to them.

To find a childcare provider in your area please contact the Family Information Service.

For more help or information contact the Early Years Funding Team:


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